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Volume 2, Number 1—January 1996

Unexplained Deaths Due to Possibly Infectious Causes in the United States: Defining the Problem and Designing Surveillance and Laboratory Approaches

Bradley A. Perkins*, Jennifer M. Flood†, Richard Danila‡, Robert C. Holman*, Arthur L. Reingold†, Laura A. Klug*, Michael Virata§, Paul R. Cieslak¶, Sherif R. Zaki*, Robert W. Pinner*, Rima F. Khabbaz*, and the Unexplained Deaths Working Group1
Author affiliations: *National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, Atlanta, Georgia; †School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, California, USA; ‡ Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; §Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA ¶Oregon Department of Human Resources, Portland, Oregon, USA

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Table 2

Unexplained deaths due to possibly infectious causes (UDPIC) among previously healthy persons by emerging infection program (EIP) site, 1992

Rate (per 100,000 population aged 1-49 years)
EIP site
No. of UDPIC
California* 316 14.5 10.8 18.5 34.0 12.2 8.9
Connecticut† 83 14.2 10.5 18.5 37.9 11.4 --
Minnesota 189 5.6 4.8 6.6 11.0 5.4 9.5
Oregon 156 7.2 6.9 7.7 21.8 7.0 7.8
*Alameda, Contra, Costa, and San Francisco counties.
†New Haven County.

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1The Unexplained Deaths Working Group: Grechen Rothrock, University of California at Berkeley; Duc Vugia, California Department of Health Services; James Hadler, Matt Cartter, Connecticut Department of Public Health and Addiction Services; James Meek, Robin Ryder, Mark Wilson, Yale University School of Medicine; Michael Osterholm, Kristine L. MacDonald, Jean Rainbow, Norman Crouch, Kathy LeDell, Minnesota Department of Health; David Fleming, Katrina Hedberg, Oregon Health Division; Don Brenner, Mark Eberhard, James Olson, Pierre Rollin, R. Gibson Parrish, CDC.

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